Guest Post: Making use of the absurd by Slave Nano

Adventures in Fetishland

By Slave Nano
Editions: ebook
Published March 19th 2012 by Xcite Books
Genre: BDSM/Fetish

In this bdsm re-invention of the Alice stories Kim’s life takes an unexpected twist when she is taken from the massage parlour she works in to a fetish fantasy world ruled over by the Red Queen, a powerful dominatrix.

There, an intense psychological drama is played out between the two women as Kim enters a journey into submission.

The Red Queen assumes different characters who torment Kim in a series of trials ranging from the funny and strange to the sadistic and erotic. Kim is lured deeper into this world by hints the Red Queen knows something about her past. Why has she been chosen to serve this powerful female? Why is the Red Queen so interested in her? When Kim finally finds out the truth, it is shocking and bizarre.
~ Author Blurb

Making use of the absurd

by Slave Nano

In today’s blog about my book ‘Adventures in Fetishland’ I’m talking about how I borrowed from some of the literary devices used in the original Alice stories.

One of the reasons why the Alice stories provide such brilliant scope for re-invention as a fetish wonderland is the way in which you can suspend and manipulate time and place.  This gives you a vast canvas to work from in which you are not constrained by time or a formal structure.  Does anybody bother to ask how long Alice was in Wonderland for?  No, of course not, because it’s irrelevant; the nature of the world is such that you suspend belief and, with that, any sense of an arc of time you have to conform to.  Similarly, my main character, Kim, can pass through this bizarre fetish world without the author or reader needing to be concerned about how long each of her encounters lasted or bothering about whether she gets any sleep!  The Alice books provide a framework where none of that matters.

The Alice books also create a fantasy logic-defying world where anything can happen.  This works perfectly for the world I wanted to create.  The character of the Red Queen can appear in different guises and costumes without having to conform to a sense of place, moving through her world making appearances in places where it should be physically impossible. 

One of the devices used in the Alice books is that of the story within a story. For example, there is the mouse’s tale or ‘tail’, there is the mock turtle’s story and then, of course, Tweedledum and Tweedledeer relate the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter. There are many other places where a verse or piece of story is injected into the main narrative.  I like this as a literary device and love story cycles like the ‘Tales of the Arabian Nights’ where stories weave seamlessly in and out of one another. So, it seemed natural for me to introduce the idea into my book.

It also helped me with a problem with the structure of the story, in particular resolving how I could work Kim’s back-story into the book.  This sub-theme of the book was important for explaining why Kim had been chosen to serve the Red Queen and, therefore, building a story around her past, which would make the book more than a simple description of a series of fetish/bdsm encounters. Kim’s past is related in a series of ‘stories within a story’ revealed by the black cat, one of the characters in the book, and finally by the Red Queen herself.  Within the context of the Red Queen’s fetish fantasy logic-defying world these stories, which originated in a completely different story cycle, worked perfectly to provide an explanation as to why Kim had been chosen by the Red Queen and brought into her world to serve her.   The back-story of Kim is made possible because the structure of the original books allows the absurd to be believable if you’re prepared to enter into the magic and strangeness of the story

The story extract I’ve chosen today is from my parody of the mad hatter’s tea party chosen to illustrate the absurdity of the Red Queen’s fetish world.  Anyone familiar with the detail of the Alice books will understand the references and choice of language here.

Extract from book

“More tea girl?” asked the Hatter.

“Mmm, yes,” replied Kim, “I’m thirsty again now.”

“How much tea do you think was in the tea pot?” asked the Hatter.

“Too much,” said the hare.

“Too much of a muchness,” said the dormouse.

“Tell me, girl, how much do you think there is in a muchness?” asked the hatter turning to her.

Kim looked bemused.  Was this a trick question?  How was she meant to answer that?  She thought about how much the huge yellow tea pot might hold and blurted out the first figure that came into her head.

“Two pints?”

“Two pints! Oh dear, that’s not right.”

“To be honest, sir, I don’t even know what a muchness is.”

“She doesn’t know what a muchness is?  She’s rather stupid then isn’t she?” said the Hatter.  

“Well, I don’t think that’s particularly fair,” Kim protested.

“Ask her some more questions?” said the Hatter.

The dormouse asked one, “Now, there were three sisters who lived in a treacle well.  If Elsie collected 3lbs of treacle, Lacie, 2lbs and Tillie, 5lbs, how much treacle had they got out of the well?”

“Well,” answered Kim, “that would be 10lbs.”

“Wrong!” called the Hatter. “It would all depend on the consistency of the treacle.  Ask another question.”

“What’s two plus three?” asked the hare.

“Well that’s easy,” said Kim, “five.”

“Are you sure?” asked the hare, “be careful what you reply.”

“But, of course it’s five,” said Kim.

“Wrong!” said the Hatter, “it’s seven.”

“No, it’s five,” complained Kim.

The Hatter’s penetrating gaze bore down on her.  Kim had a feeling of foreboding.  Her voice was slow, deliberate and menacing, “It’s whatever I say it is, girl.”

“But that’s not fair,” protested Kim. 

“She definitely needs some education,” said the hare.

“You should send her back to school,” the dormouse said.

“Yes, she definitely needs to learn a lesson.”

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About the Author:

Slave Nano writes stories drawing on the themes of female supremacy, goddess worship, bondage, domination and submission, sado-masochism and fetish, frequently in fantasy, paranormal or historical settings.
His work usually has dominant female characters and submissive males. His stories explore the tensions between dominant and submissive and the boundaries between pain and pleasure, physical and mental bondage and retribution and reward.
Slave Nano lives in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. He works full time and juggles his writing with this. His work has been published by Xcite Books and House of Erotica. Adventures in Fetishland is his first full length erotic novel.

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2 thoughts on “Guest Post: Making use of the absurd by Slave Nano

  1. BecAlora

    This looks kind of “freakishly” interesting. I don’t know if I’ll check it out because I tend to stay away from the overly descriptive erotica, but if this is reviewed well by you I might give it a go.


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